But first, one thing on the variance of Scrabble: talking with Mark Nau, apparently experts agree that Scrabble is much closer to chess than poker in its variance. That explains why my wife beats me 80% of the time. She'd be ranked a couple hundred points higher than me if we joined a club. So there's really no need to have a 'duplicate scrabble' - and people who wank about 'not picking' and getting 'double blanked' are just that. Wankers.
Just received a PSP as a gift. I'm looking through gamerankings for games to buy for it and none really excite me. Sorted by user reviews, the top games are race games (which I'm not particularly into), twisted metal, and Lumines. And then we start getting to the point where the ratings are only average. Which is why I haven't bought a PSP yet: generally I wait for that killer app to come along, and then buy the console and the game. It's like buying a game for $350. I bought a PS2 for Ico; I bought a Gamecube for Zelda; I bought an Xbox for Splinter Cell. Future games for the consoles are gravy. If more people practiced this behavior, the console wars might have turned out different.
And that's another thing. You shouldn't buy games based on non-game licenses unless they're good. Star Wars and The Incredibles and Spongebob games sell like hotcakes, even though they're usually mediocre. I feel sorry for the people who are suckered into buying and playing these. Look it up in gamerankings.com before you buy. Use the user voting average rather than the critic's reviews because there are fewer sample size problems and less critic bias. (I wish there was a moviepig.com for games, but until then gamerankings is a pretty awesome resource.) And, if you think you might like the game despite the negative reviews (I sure do love me that *Galleon*, for example), rent it first! Gamefly.com is absolutely brilliant, a must-have subscription for a game developer. Or player.
If more people practiced this behavior, we'd have fewer crappy licensed games and more Zeldas.
Of course, if the licensed game actually is good, like Spider-Man 2 (if I do say so myself) or Republic Commando, knock yourself out.